Most of my shopping these days has been of the online variety -- with baby in one arm while I type away with the other hand -- but I did manage to get out this weekend and picked up some books for the family, including the following:
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg -- for my son who got over his fear of Santa this year at a Polar Express themed Santa photo exhibit
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald -- for the 8-year-old niece
The Clicque by Lisi Harrison -- for the 11-year-old niece
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell -- for my Dad (oops, hope he isn't reading this!)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling -- can't say for who, but she knows who she is...
On the Author's Guild website Roy Blount, Jr. offers his argument for buying books this holiday season. Couldn't have said it better myself, so read on, and BUY BOOKS!
"We don't want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let's mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that's just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance! There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they're easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children's books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they'll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books."